Pinky and Rex

Lesson 1


Describe Pinky and Rex’s relationship and Pinky and Amanda’s relationship by using details from the text to describe characters and character relationships.

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Target Task


Describe Pinky and Rex’s relationship. 

Describe Pinky and Amanda’s relationship.

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Key Questions


  • How does the illustration on p. 2 help a reader better understand Pinky and Amanda? 

  • Describe how Pinky feels about Rex. How can you tell? 

  • Describe how Pinky feels about Amanda.  How can you tell?



character relationships

Lesson Guidance

Text Complexity Analysis

Text complexity should guide decisions around what to model and additional scaffolds to include for students. What makes a text complex for students may vary depending on  student needs, however, we have identified areas of potential complexity for this particular text and suggestions for addressing areas of complexity:

  • Language: The text is written in the past tense. Students may need support figuring out how to decode words in the past tense. Model sounding out words in the past tense. 
    • Doubling letters in the past tense (ex. Popped)
    • Irregular past tense (ex. cry --> cried) 
  • Knowledge Demands: Rex really likes dinosaurs. Preview the words tyrannosaurus and stegosaurus. Students do not need to decode the words on their own, however, the sheer length of the words may trip students up. 
  • Language Features: The author writes with a lot of dialogue. Begin modeling how to read dialogue to match the expression and meaning of the passage. 


  • Because this is the first day reading a Pinky and Rex text, there is slightly less text. Preview with students the expectations for shared reading and the goals for this unit. This text is slightly less challenging than the other texts in the unit, but because it is book one and it does a great job of introducing the characters, it needs to be read first.
  • Teach the structure of a story and how at the beginning of stories authors often introduce the characters, thus in this first chapter they learn a lot about Pinky, Rex, and Amanda.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • RL.2.5 — Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

  • RF.2.4 — Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.